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  1. I read it in Italian, from the official decree, I know what is meant. You are right that even in Italian it doesn't specify citizens, but it goes on to state how non-Italian EU citizens can access services, and then how citizens of certain countries, including the US, can do so also. Please, for your own peace of mind, stay home.
  2. It looks like one of the general HOHO bus tours is functioning, Big Bus Tours, and the religious one, Roma Cristiana. With fewer of them running it might mean slightly less traffic, but also that everyone interested in them is trying to cram onto one bus. At any rate, no HOHO bus is particularly good in Rome. The city is too old and the streets too narrow for buses to get close to many of the key sites. More information on the city's tourism web site here: Tourist Buses | Turismo Roma
  3. Perhaps you will understand it easier in Italian? From the official decree dated 30 July 2021, which defines the Green Pass and its implementation: le certificazioni rilasciate dalle autorita' sanitarie del Canada, Giappone, Israele, Regno Unito di Gran Bretagna e Irlanda del nord (compresi Gibilterra, Isola di Man, Isole del Canale e basi britanniche nell'isola di Cipro ed esclusi i territori non appartenenti al continente europeo) e Stati Uniti d'America, sono riconosciute come equivalenti a quelle di cui all'art. 9, comma 2, lettere a), b) e c), del decreto-legge 22 aprile 2021, n. 52. Le certificazioni di cui al presente articolo possono essere esibite in formato digitale o cartaceo. This says quite clearly that the documents/certificates issued several countries, one of which is the United States, are recognized as equivalent (riconosciute come equivalenti) to those identified in this article (the Green pass). Trova Norme & Concorsi - Normativa Sanitaria (salute.gov.it)
  4. I don't know how to help you with this, it's a language issue you seem determined to ignore or misunderstand. It's about the order of the statements, the first one (persons over the age of 12 ...) is a broad statement and is followed by the "how" statement (access to these services...). The second statement qualifies the first and clearly says the EU digital certificate OR the equivalent document from your home country.
  5. It is not contradictory at all - read the entire thing. The line about requiring the green pass is in the beginning, then all the details. After this is the summary line about what Americans (and certain other nationalities) must do to achieve the same ends.
  6. From the official Italian tourism web site: Travellers from Canada, Japan, Israel and the United States can enter Italy without quarantine obligation and must: 1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy 2. Present COVID-19 green certification on arrival, issued by the health authority of their country certifying complete vaccination against COVID-19, performed at least 14 days beforehand, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) 3. Present a document certifying that they have performed a molecular or antigenic swab test in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy with negative results. Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats. It goes on to say the following about the green pass: In Italy, the COVID-19 green certificate facilitates attendance at certain public events (such as trade fairs, concerts, sports competitions, parties following religious or civil ceremonies) and access to health care facilities for the elderly (RSA). It is also mandatory when moving into and out of areas that may be classified as "red" or "orange" zones in the absence of valid reasons for work, health or proven urgency. Persons over the age of 12 must present a COVID-19 digital green pass in order to access certain services and activities: Travelling by air, train, ship, ferry or bus throughout Italy Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours and pastry shops for consumption at table indoors Performances open to the public, sporting events, both outdoors and indoors Museums and places of culture, shows Swimming pools and gyms Private parties, such as wedding receptions Festivals and trade fairs Conventions and congresses Spas and fitness centres Gaming halls and betting shops, bingo halls and casinos Access to these services and activities is allowed on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. So, as it says, an American citizen needs to present their official, which means CDC vaccine card. You can read the entire statement here, but do note that this is a fluid situation and the current regulations are only in effect until October 25, 2021: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists - Info (italia.it)
  7. It's not an ideal day trip from either port, at least not by public transit. If you're willing to spend the money for a private car and driver (perhaps shared with others on your sailing to reduce the cost) you could easily do it on your own. November is a bit late in the year so I'd be sure that anything you reserve, whether on your own or through the ship, can be cancelled in case of rain. Cinque Terre would be a miserable place to be in wet weather. By train it takes 1.5 - 2 hours to get there from Genova and more than two hours from Livorno, plus the time it takes to get to the train station. The train station in Genova (Piazza Principe) is walking distance from the cruise port. By car it's between 90 minutes - two hours each way from Genova and about the same from Livorno.
  8. You could post on your roll call to see if there are other couples who would be interested in sharing the cost of a car service there and back. If you are there when they are running, it's possible to get a ferry from Genova to Portofino: Linee turistiche - Golfo Paradiso On your own it's easy to take the train from Piazza Principe to Santa Margherita Ligure. The regionale train (most frequent) takes 50 minutes and costs 3,60 euro. The intercity train takes 27 minutes and costs 8,50 euro. From Santa Margherita Ligure you could take a bus to Portofino, a boat, a taxi or walk (3.3 miles/5.4 km) a little over an hour. The ferry from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino takes just 15 minutes and runs every hour in season: smt linea 1 A4.cdr (traghettiportofino.it)
  9. Civitavecchia isn't a particularly pleasant place to stay. Nothing specifically wrong with it but it's so much nicer to stay in Rome where you have so many more options.
  10. Since you've been to Rome before you probably don't need an orientation, so why the "free" walking tour in the morning? Why not simply check out those places on your own, at your own pace?
  11. From the link below: "Access to these services and activities is allowed on presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate or an equivalent certificate issued by the health authorities of Canada, Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States." The equivalent certificate for the US is the CDC vaccine card. This is from the offical tourism office of Italy, here: Covid-19 updates: information for tourists - Info (italia.it)
  12. For the past several days I've noticed that many of my posts take forever to appear, or never do. I get stuck in a loop with the word "saving" appearing but no post. The only way I've found around this is to refresh the entire page and start the post again (using the remembered text, so at least I don't have to type it all again). Is this a CC problem or something with my connection?
  13. In the pre-Covid days it was possible to find shared shuttles but I don't know if they are still operating with the currently reduced cruise traffic. A private transfer for two should cost about 130 euro.
  14. Pretty much every hotel will hold your luggage for you if you get there before check-in time, so it's easy to take care of that issue. I always recommend that new visitors stay in the heart of the city, north of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, east of Piazza Navona, west of Via del Corso, and south of Piazza Montecitorio. There are hundreds of hotels in this area (about a mile square) in all price ranges and you can easily walk or take mass transit from here to almost anywhere you might want to go in the city.
  15. You can easily find a hotel on Capri for less than a private water transfer back to Sorrento, which run around 400 euro. Private Speedboat Transfer to/from Capri. By Ciro Capri Boats Private Boat Transfer to or from Capri. By Capri Island Tour Water taxi from/to Capri . By Capri Blue Boats Maybe you could post on the roll call for your sailing and find other couples who also want to stay on Capri for dinner before returning to the ship. Split among a group (most of these boats take between 6 - 12 passengers) it becomes more affordable.
  16. The break even load for a ferry trip is pretty high, there simply isn't enough interest in night crossings to offset the cost.
  17. Not very late, they don't run after dark. Right now the last return to Sorrento is at 18:40, there might be one later in April but not much later.
  18. You could easily get to Tarquinia, an Etruscan town, by bus from the port. If you haven't been to Ostia Antica you can reach that by train (regionale to Roma Ostiense followed by the Roma-Lido line to the site).
  19. Getting luggage on and off the bus isn't where the issue is, it's at the train station. For most trains you'll need to climb down and then back up a full flight of stairs to get to your track. Info on Port Link bus: Civitavecchia Servizi Pubblici Srl - Portlink (civitavecchia-servizi-pubblici-srl.it)
  20. It's really about the same amount of time, ten or fifteen minutes depending on how fast you walk and how much luggage you're dealing with. You're walking through a parking garage for a lot of it. Here is a map of the airport that shows you the path: ESTERNO LIVELLO PARTENZE2 (adr.it)
  21. That's a major preposition problem in any event, from any direction one would have to walk UP to Taormina! Some of the small luxury lines with really small ships tender at Giardini Naxos but even that isn't really walking distance to Taormina (only three and a quarter miles but going from sea level to about 700' altitude).
  22. I realize that it's confusing based on what they have printed on the website, but if you've ever talked to an employee of a cruise line on the phone you quickly realize they don't have a clue about the places their ships visit. NO major cruise ships call at Capri, it's just not possible. Anything of that size would have to tender.
  23. It would have to be tendered for Capri.
  24. Wow. It's hard enough to read that kind of gobbledygook in your native language but to try and plow through it in a secondary one ... I'm willing to believe what the OP of this information claims, although I did not find the quote he offered anywhere in the document he linked (though I admit that my eyes were crossing as I got deeper into it). Cynic that I am, I can also easily imagine a conversation between representatives of the major cruise lines with representatives of the Italian government along the lines of "if you want us to bring back tourists on our cruise ships you need to help us out by forcing them to use our excursions", of course for health and safety reasons.
  25. I dug through several Italian web sites related to Covid and through a couple of newspapers looking for any mention of these restrictions coming from the Italian government and I came up with nothing. That doesn't mean it isn't the case, just that I couldn't find any evidence of it. Now, based on my albeit limited research, I think this is coming from the cruise lines. It's a way to recoup some of the lost revenue from the past eighteen months as well as to limit exposure to (or at least seem to) the virus.
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